A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In old African custom, what were women forbidden to handle?

2. What writer does Bessie quote in "Social and political pressures . . ."?

3. Bogadi marriages are arranged to retain what?

4. How many years did Bessie live in South Africa?

5. When did Bessie first get published?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Bessie consider Botswana the "most unique and distinguished country in Africa"?

2. What is Bessie's opinion of Botswana men?

3. Why was it so difficult for Bessie to deal with South Africa creatively?

4. Why does Bessie think of the American woman as some sort of goddess?

5. In Chapter 2, what does Bessie think that the spirit of the Nigra Goddess has done for the blacks in America?

6. Why according to Bessie has Botswana survived by "sheer luck and unexpected good fortune"?

7. In what ways did emancipation slowly make it's way to Botswana?

8. In the conclusion of Chapter 2, how does Bessie summarize her life experiences?

9. In Chapter 2, why is the friendship between Bessie and the American woman painful?

10. In "African Religions," what, does Bessie state is the main difference between Asian and African religious ideals?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bessie's views of the white man were formed at an early age. List two experiences in Bessie's early life that you think had a profound effect on her opinion of the white man? List the experiences and Bessie's response to them. Later in life, Bessie was able to see some good in the white man and her hatred lessened. Explain the person and the circumstances surrounding this.

Essay Topic 2

Bessie's friend, Snowball, had a difficult time living in District Six in Capetown. What was Snowball's general demeanor? Even though he was devoutly religious, what did he believe could live together in chaotic happiness? How was Snowball treated by the landlady and most of the community? Could they see beyond the fact that he had once been a professional thief and served jail time? Was this fair to him? What kind of humbling lesson did Snowball teach Bessie? What did she learn about herself and her attitude toward religion? Why did Bessie finally give up trying to protect Snowball? Do you think that Snowball left a lasting impression on Bessie?

Essay Topic 3

Bessie describes the lonely life of South African refugees as she experienced. Do you that the refugees would say that it's a small price to pay for freedom? What was Botswana's reaction to refugees after independence? How did this reflect their view of refugees? Do you think that refugees are ever truly "free" of the country that they have fled? Are they always associated with it in the new country? Is this true today of America and refugees from the Muslim countries? What are the stereotypes of these refugees? Do you think that refugees should be forced to assimilate totally into their adoptive country, even forsaking previous culture, language, and religion?

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